GED® and GED® Preparation

What You Need to Know

The General Educational Development (GED®) is a four-section (Math, English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) computer-based examination nationally recognized as a high school equivalency.

Over 97% of universities, colleges and employers accept the GED® credential.  60% of recent GED® graduates are enrolled in college.  The unemployment rate is lower for those with a high school credential.

For a comparison about the differences between the GED and High School Completion Program (HSCP) click here.

Please note: anyone currently enrolled in high school, or those with a high school diploma, are NOT allowed to take the GED.

GED® Preparation

CVABE helps adults 16 and older, not enrolled in high school, to prepare for the GED® exams.

We provide free instruction and GED Ready® practice tests to help indicate exactly what you need to study to pass the official exam.  Those who need to brush up on skills work with a CVABE teacher to learn what they need to pass the exams, and to practice test-taking skills.  All CVABE Learning Centers have teachers available to help you prepare for the GED tests. Contact a CVABE Learning Center for additional information.

GED® Costs

Each test costs $30 ($120 total) and payment is required at the time of registration. Generally, this is done via debit card or credit card (either regular or prepaid). CVABE has scholarships available to cover exam fees. Cash payment vouchers are also available. Call (802) 476-4588 for more information.

GED® Locations

Official GED® exams are given, on varied schedules, at CVABE learning centers:

  • Washington County: Barre
  • Orange County: Randolph and Bradford
  • Lamoille County: Morrisville

Registration for GED Testing at CVABE

Advanced registration for each GED testing session is required. We do not accept walk-ins at GED® testing sessions.

You must have photo identification with you every time you come in for a test.

Click here for a printable document with more information on the registration process.

Special Registration Information – Test-takers Under 18

If you are under age 18, you will need parent/guardian approval in order to register/schedule online to take GED® exams.

  • Click here to go to the State of Vermont Agency of Education website for more information.
  • Click here for the for the permission form, to be signed by parent/guardian

The Vermont Application for GED® Testing form must be completed, signed and submitted as per the directions on the form. Registration/ scheduling may be completed once the State of Vermont has processed the authorization.

How Long is Each GED® Exam

Due to the length of the exams, CVABE suggests that you take only one or two in a day.

  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes
  • Science is 90 minutes
  • Social Studies is 70 minutes

Information about Registration in Different Locations

Barre GED® Registration

Registration for testing at the Barre Learning Center must be done online at least one day prior to the test date.

Click here to go to the GED® Website. You will:

  • Create a MyGED account.
  • Schedule your GED® exams at the Barre Learning Center.

After registration, you will receive an email with further instructions and directions to the test site.

Please feel free to come to any CVABE Learning Center to get staff assistance with this process.

Registration for GED® testing in Bradford, Randolph or Morrisville

Signing up for testing at the Bradford, Randolph and/or Morrisville Learning Centers must be done at least one day in advance.

Step 1: Complete the GED Exam Reservation Form (click here for the form).

Please contact your local CVABE Learning Center if you are unable to access the GED Exam Reservation Form.

Step 2: Click here to go to the GED® Website. You will:

Create a MyGED account prior to the first test date. Please establish your account only – do not attempt to schedule a test. These Learning Centers will not appear as available locations. You will not pay at this time.

Please arrive for GED testing in Bradford, Randolph and/or Morrisville at least 30 minutes before the scheduled exam. This will allow time to:

  • Officially register for your specific exam
  • Pay for the exam(s) you will take on that day
    • $30 per exam
    • Debit or credit card preferred
    • Cash payment vouchers available through your examiner

Please feel free to come to any CVABE Learning Center to get staff assistance with using the GED Exam Reservation form or with creating a MyGED account.

Sincere thanks to the following donors who generously supported the development of this website:

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The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

The Oakland  Foundation